Jun 15, 2017
In the Interim
Arkansas lawmakers, not formally in session, still spend time working on more routine as well as special items during what's known as "the interim."
When the Arkansas Legislature is not in session, the work of regular operational business — such as state contracts, personnel issues, claims against the state, and lottery operations — is spread out between the Legislative Council and various subcommittees, who meet monthly.
Voters should watch the Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force (8 state Senators, 8 state Representatives), who also meet regularly and are charged with recommending tax-related legislation for the 2019 General Session. The Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee bears watching, as well — with Arkansas’ current highway funding problems, this interim subcommittee of lawmakers could be very involved.